Bethesda Inc. Awards Nearly $8 Million in Health Care Grants to TriHealth and Local NonProfits.

Cincinnati, OH – July 19, 2016 – Bethesda Inc., a major funder of health care transformation and co-sponsor of TriHealth, today announced that it has awarded five grants totaling nearly $8 million to fund projects that will help improve healthcare delivery, how health information is shared, and how community health priorities are addressed.

Bethesda Inc. grant commitments over the past five years have totaled more than $29 million, ranking it among Ohio’s largest grant-makers for local health care initiatives.

“Bethesda Inc. is investing in these collaborative initiatives because we believe they are powerful ideas that can transform health care in the Greater Cincinnati region and beyond,” said Jill Miller, president of Bethesda Inc. “We are willing to take on more risk to fund new ideas and approaches to health care delivery.”

“These projects have great potential to lead to better care and better health at lower cost,” said Lisa Knutson, chairperson of the Bethesda Inc. grants committee. “Importantly, they represent close collaboration between our region’s largest health system and a diverse group of innovative community organizations.”

2016 Bethesda Inc. Grants
The grants announced include five projects involving TriHealth and community nonprofits. They include:

  • A $3 million award to TriHealth to develop a sustainable model of treating behavioral health needs in primary care through education, treatment and better connection to needed resources.
  • Health Care Access Now, in partnership with TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital Faculty Medical Center, will work to transform the healthcare system for those who suffer from chronic disease thanks to a $1.75 million grant from Bethesda Inc. The project aims to bring about significant improvements in chronic disease management in a challenging patient population while simultaneously redesigning and enhancing the quality of resident education, both in the delivery of team-based primary care and in the outpatient management of medical conditions that account for increased health care costs and loss of quality of life for patients.
  • Bethesda Inc. is awarding TriHealth Corporate Health a $1.2 million grant to apply consumer science theory (including attitude traits and habit formation science) to healthcare to assist individuals to make and sustain behavior and lifestyle changes to improve health. “As we move from knowing WHAT people are doing to WHY they are doing it we will be better able to facilitate sustainable behavior change—the Holy Grail for healthcare,” said TriHealth’s Terri Hanlon-Bremer.
  • Fueled by a $1.1 million Bethesda Inc. grant, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Cincinnati Children’s Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, and TriHealth Pediatrics, including Group Health, are teaming to transform pediatric primary care practices to reduce toxic stress and support optimal child health and development. The effort will focus on promoting protective social determinants of health and connecting families to community resources. Physician practices will collaborate with parent coaches to assist families in managing adverse childhood experiences through stable, responsive parenting relationships.
  • An $874,000 grant to the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati will help resolve social determinants of health and increase engagement in prenatal care to improve health outcomes for pregnant mothers seen at Good Samaritan Hospital Faculty Medical Center. The program, M-HeLP, will pilot a sustainable funding model for medical-legal partnerships.

About Bethesda Inc.
Bethesda Inc. is a major funder of health care transformation and co-sponsor of TriHealth, the leading integrated health delivery system in Southwest Ohio. Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has invested over $29 million in grants to transform health care delivery in Greater Cincinnati.

Bethesda Inc. also oversees the operations of Bethesda Fertility Center, the region’s leading fertility center helping people reach their goal of parenthood, and Bethesda Foundation, which provides support for Bethesda hospitals, Hospice of Cincinnati, and Fernside, the nation’s second-oldest children’s grief center.

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Media Contact: Rick Miller